In Brief:Nokia completes Alcatel-Lucent acquisition 

Nokia officially completed its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, after the Finnish kit maker completed its squeeze-out of minority shareholders.Nokia now owns 100% of Alcatel-Lucent. The company said it will now push on with eliminating the costs and complexity of running two separate public companies. Nokia has set a target of generating €1.2 billion of annual synergies in full-year 2018.Nokia said it will share more of its long-term plans at its capital markets day, which takes place in Barcelona on 15 November.

***Kuwaiti telecoms provider Zain Group will pay USD129 million to Bharti Airtel over a settlement related to the sale of Zain’s Africa operations to the Indian firm in June 2010.The payment will have no future financial impact on Zain, as the company has set aside provisions to cover potential payments related to the transaction at the time of the sale. In June 2010 Zain sold its mobile operations in 15 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region – namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia – to Bharti Airtel. The Indian telecoms group paid a net USD8.97 billion in cash for 100% of Netherlands-based holding and finance company Zain Africa BV (formerly Celtel International) in a deal which valued the business at USD10.7 billion, including USD1.7 billion of debt.

***Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has selected Subah Infosolutions Ghana to provide it with an international gateway monitoring system (IGMS) for the operation of the country’s newly liberalised gateway. The platform will provide robust management, fraud detection and transparent system of revenue collection from voice and data traffic, the regulator said. A total of twelve companies submitted bids in the tender. TeleGeography notes that Subah Infosolutions is also in charge of monitoring the international gateway systems in Ghana and Guinea.

***AfricaOnline, Ghana’s ISP and a Gondwana International Networks (GIN) subsidiary, unveiled iManage, a suite of IT managed services aimed at businesses. iManage has already been launched across the continent by parent company, Gondwana International Networks, a Pan-African telecommunications provider, trading as iWayAfrica and AfricaOnline.Called LinExchange, this flagship service offering within iManage, encompasses the core functions of managing IT services. These include enterprise grade email, centralised file and document storage, firewall and security, backups and redundancy, as well as archiving for compliance and audit purposes. The service is fully hosted in Ghana.
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